The U.S. Ryder Cup team ended nearly a decade of European dominance in 2008 by laying aside their individual pursuits for a single week and bonding like brothers on golf's greatest stage.
Inspired by team-building techniques used by Navy SEALs, Ryder Cup captain and ABC commentator Paul Azinger divided the 12-man team into small groups, or pods. Then, with guidance from corporate team-building specialist and licensed family therapist Ron Braund, he placed golfers based on their personality types, rather than their golf games. The relationships among teammates created an atmosphere where Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry, and the other U.S. golfers could perform at their highest levels.
In Cracking the Code: The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make It Work for You, Azinger and Braund tell the compelling story of how the U.S. team members, half of them Ryder Cup rookies, overcame their underdog status to bring the cup back to America. In the telling, they offer team-building techniques that apply to sports, business, and beyond.
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A great book which offered insight on how tough being the captain for the Ryder Cup really is.
Good read, offers insights into Ryder Cup
I thought this was a pleasant and fast read. I enjoy the Ryder Cup and this offered insights into the preparation that goes into planning for the Cup. You can hear Paul's voice as you read the book, which makes it a very enjoyable read.
Cracking the code
Great book for golf sports and life. A quick simple read, couple hours. The same principles of leadership when dealing with teams of any type are applicable. Great business applicability beyond the typical vision and motivation stuff, these principles make teams work by their natural forces vs "managing" teamwork. Let's see if Pavin takes this sage advice. Another US win, priceless.